You have to be seriously science-phobic or a Luddite, or completely ignorant of superhero stories, to enjoy the long and thudding third instalment of this successful superhero franchise. Most of Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish 3—after Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) and Krrish (2006)—with Hrithik Roshan in father-son roles, defies logic or imagination. Think of a 1980s’ Hindi potboiler—flying hero chasing tongue-twirling villain inside swaying trees (the trees, a product of terrible CGI); a benevolent, ageing scientist, a child-man, talking to the Hindu god Krishna and effusively offering his blessings on his progeny; a cat woman-like mutant slithering against a rocky expanse to the worst possible Bollywood music (by Rajesh Roshan) you have ever heard.

Following Krrish, Rohit (Hrithik Roshan) lives with his son Krishna (Hrithik Roshan) and his wife Priya (Priyanka Chopra). Rohit’s scientific experiments continue in one of the rooms in the bungalow they live in, where his current project is a pen that can utilize sun rays to wake the dead.

The ear-splitting climax is a duel between Kaal and Krrish.

Some CGI work in the climactic action sequences are competent, but overall the film oscillates between B-grade 1980s and efficient CGI.

Ranaut is a ‘manvaar’ in the film

Krrish 3 is neither Amar Chitra Katha nor Marvel. The Indian superhero stays in an artless, old-fashioned limbo.

Krrish 3 released in theatres on Friday.